Tactix coach happy with her team's fighting spirit

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 05:00 17/02/2014
Leigh Gibbs
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COACH: Tactix netball coach Leigh Gibbs.

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Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs is encouraged after some pleasing play at the trans-Tasman netball league's pre-season tournament in Melbourne at the weekend.

The Tactix won both of their games against Australian opposition yesterday, overcoming the Melbourne Vixens 25-21 and the Adelaide Thunderbirds 34-33.

They won three of their seven games at the tournament, also beating the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic 26-20 and drawing with the Adelaide Thunderbirds 25-all.

Their losses came against the NSW Swifts 29-25, Queensland Firebirds 28-23 and the Northern Mystics 34-29.

Each side played seven games consisting of two 15-minute halves.

Gibbs was able to give all 12 players in her squad decent court-time. She also played around with her combinations.

She emphasised that the competition proper, which would start in two weeks time, would be an entirely different proposition.

Gibbs said there was strong competition for places in the team.

A feature of the Tactix play over the weekend was their ability to keep the goals ticking over when they held a lead, which had been one of their problems in recent seasons

"What [assistant coach] Julie [Seymour] and I were most pleased with was when the scorelines got quite close or when we came from behind and got in front, we sustained it," Gibbs said. "That's something we haven't been able to do previously."

The NSW Swifts won the pre-season prize, winning all seven of their games.

The Tactix opening game of the competition is against the Magic in Christchurch on March 1.

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